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Deborah Williams | September 2021

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My choir in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the Rockers of Ages, sings songs from all over the world.

My choir in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the Rockers of Ages, sings songs from all over the world. One of our Māori songs is "Purea Nei". Here I am singing this beautiful song which is based on a Ngā Puhi whakataukī and developed into a waiata by Henare Mahanga of Ngāti Hine, modified by Hirini Melbourne and arranged by Nikki Berry and Gary Easterbrook, who lead our choir.

As a former teacher of European languages I always used song to help students learn the language. It is a wonderful way to enjoy yourself, learn an easy way while using another part of the brain.

Waiatatia mai! Get singing!

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